NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Board to meet on 2009 Train Derailment in Illinois

February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a Board meeting to determine the probable cause on the June 19, 2009, train derailment in Cherry Valley, Illinois, and to consider proposed safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.

This accident involved a 114-car freight train traveling east that derailed at a highway/rail grade crossing. All of the derailed cars were tank cars carrying ethanol, a flammable liquid. Thirteen of the derailed tank cars were breached or lost product and caught fire. At time of the derailment, several motor vehicles were stopped on either side of the grade crossing waiting for the train to pass. As a result of the fire that erupted after the derailment, a passenger in one of the stopped vehicles was fatally injured, two passengers in the same vehicle received serious injuries, and five occupants of the other vehicles waiting at the highway-rail crossing were injured.

Event: Board Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 9:30 am (EST)

Location: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center
429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC

Participants: NTSB Board Members

NTSB Media Contact: NTSB Public Affairs Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.